Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. Be the first to learn about new releases!
Start by following Alcoholics Anonymous.

Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous > Quotes


Alcoholics Anonymous quotes (showing 1-30 of 84)

“I have found that the process of discovering who I really am begins with knowing who I really don't want to be.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“I have come to believe that hard times are not just meaningless suffering and that something good might turn up at any moment. That's a big change for someone who used to come to in the morning feeling sentenced to another day of life. When I wake up today, there are lots of possibilities. I can hardly wait to see what's going to happen next.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“When I stopped living in the problem and began living in the answer, the problem went away.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole aim of our lives.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
“To this day, I am amazed at how many of my problems - most of which had nothing to do with drinking, I believed - have become manageable or have simply disappeared since I quit drinking.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“It will take time to clear away the wreck. Though old buildings will eventually be replaced by finer ones, the new structures will take years to complete.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“...one of the primary differences between alcoholics and nonalcoholics is that nonalcoholics change their behavior to meet their goals and alcoholics change their goals to meet their behaviors.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“One day at a time.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book
“Definition of an alcoholic is an egomaniac with an inferiority complex”
Alcoholics Anonymous
“We sometimes hurt those we love because they need to be “taught a lesson,” when we really want to punish. We were depressed and complained we felt bad, when in fact we were mainly asking for sympathy and attention. This odd trait of mind and emotion, this perverse wish to hide a bad motive underneath a good one, permeates human affairs from top to bottom. This subtle and elusive kind of self-righteousness can underlie the smallest act or thought. Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct these flaws is the essence of character-building and good living. An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to try for better things tomorrow will be the permanent assets we shall seek.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
“First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn't work.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation "some fact of my life" unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book
“The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book
tags: aa
“There is an island of opportunity in the middle of every difficulty.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
“To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“We should be sensible, tactful, considerate and humble without being servile or scraping. As God's people we stand on our feet; we don't crawl before anyone.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“If we were to live, we had to be free of anger.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“I simply had to believe in a Spirit of the Universe, who knew neither time nor limitation.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“Selfishness, self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt. So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book
“Avoid then, the deliberate manufacture of misery, but if trouble comes, cheerfully capitalize it as an opportunity to demonstrate His omnipotence.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day “Thy will be done.” We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
“We cannot subscribe to the belief that this life is a vale of tears, though it once was just that for many of us. But it is clear that we make our own misery.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“Through the years I had quit on everything that ever mattered: college, going for promotions, relationships - at least the relationships that demanded any work.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“They sound like the philosophy of a man who, having a headache, beats himself on the head with a hammer so that he cannot feel the ache.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“I've been benefited from a dictionary definition I found that reads: "Rationalization is giving a socially acceptable reason for socially unacceptable behavior, and socially unacceptable behavior is a form of insanity.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
“Identifying, they said, was trying to see how I was like the people I was with. Comparing, they told me, was looking for differences, usually seeing how I was better than others.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“How did people have conversations anyway? How did they meet and then begin to talk as if they had known each other for years?”
Alcoholics Anonymous
tags: aa
“It's simple, not necessarily easy but, the rewards are endless.”
Alcoholics Anonymous

« previous 1 3

All Quotes | Add A Quote
Play The 'Guess That Quote' Game

Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book
4,993 ratings
Open Preview
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
3,291 ratings
Open Preview
As Bill Sees It: Selected Writings of the A.A.'s Co-Founder As Bill Sees It
616 ratings
Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by AA Members for AA Members/B-12 Daily Reflections
717 ratings